COVID-19 Information & Updates
Updated as of 4/8/20, 11:45 AM
April 8, 2020
St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update
National Guard Assistance
The Missouri National Guard will be arriving in our area soon. Today, the St. Louis County Executive’s Office, in partnership with the Department of Public Health (DPH), the St. Louis County Police Department’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and local hospitals, requested the assistance of the National Guard in the COVID-19 response. The duties of the Guard will include support staffing at testing sites, medical buildings, and other facilities at this time. Their attention will be focused on securing and supporting. The Guard is not here for any enforcement action of the Stay at Home Orders.
Substance Abuse During a Pandemic
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Some of our friends and family members that might be more susceptible to the increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs may need more assistance. Those that have support networks based on interacting with others, peer groups, and meetings will have to identify and utilize other options as we respond to this pandemic. There are many service-providers that are providing valuable and free support online.
- Contact Behavioral Health Response (BHR): 314-469-6644 or http://bhrstl.org/
- Mid-Missouri Crisis Line: Text “HAND” to 839863
- The ARCHway Institute: https://thearchwayinstitute.org/
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 314-962-4670 or https://www.namistl.org/online-programming/
- We Connect Health Management: https://www.weconnectrecovery.com/
- Smart Recovery: https://tinyurl.com/ue9yp5a
- In the Rooms: A Global Recovery Community: https://www.intherooms.com/home/live-meetings/
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877)435-8411.
St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, www.stlcorona.com. Please visit that website or those belonging to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most current and reputable information.
St. Louis County to Enact Stay at Home Orders to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced on March 21, 2020, that St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis will be adopting new restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the region. The new restrictions will take effect on Monday, March 23, 2020, at 12:01 AM and will end on April 22, 2020, at 11:59 PM. This will ensure that residents can meet their basic needs and essential services will still be provided. The new restrictions will require people to stay at home when possible. It is just as important to recognize what is not impacted by this as what is. This announcement will not affect the ability of residents to go to the grocery store, the pharmacy, and take a walk in a public park.
The Stay at Home Orders were enacted to prevent the spread of this pandemic.